Spring 2014 launch for next Xbox makes more sense — analyst

The next generation Xbox launching in spring of 2014 instead of holiday 2013, as is widely believed, would make more sense, to Wedbush man Michael Pachter at least.

“If I were a betting man (and I am), I would say a spring 2014 launch makes more sense, since hardcore Xbots could get a console without having to compete with moms buying gifts at holiday,” he says, “and it is likely that they won’t manufacture more than a few million units for launch.”

Microsoft itself has of course stayed mum on the subject, with the new hardware not even formally announced yet.

Pachter further adds on the new hardware’s possibilites: “It’s pretty clear to me that Microsoft intends to allow the Xbox 720 to function as a cable TV box, allowing cable television service providers to broadcast over the Internet through the box, with SmartGlass as the remote controller, and with the Xbox 720 using Windows 8 to split the TV signal into multiple feeds, allowing consumers to divert different channel feeds to different displays within the home.”

Microsoft is expected to be showing off the new hardware a year from now, at next summer’s E3.